People Are Actually Standing Up for Kanye West Amidst His Recording Contract Controversy

These days, recording artist Kanye West is as famous for his Twitter rants as he is for his musical talent. Fans and critics alike have been worried about his mental health for years now, especially when he’s used Twitter to do things like announcing his run for the presidency earlier this year. West recently got his name in the headlines again for yet another bizarre episode of Twitter behavior, but this time, many people actually agree with what he’s upset about.

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A recap of Kanye West’s career

West started making music when he was just a little boy, but he got his first big break in the 1990s when he wrote music for famous artists like Ludacris and Jay-Z. In the 2000s, West decided he wanted to be in the spotlight himself and released his first studio album, The College Dropout. West’s solo music career was an instant success, with that first album featuring hit singles like ‘All Falls Down’. Since then, he’s recorded hit after hit; songs like ‘Gold Digger’ are loved by people who aren’t even fans of hip hop.

In more recent years, however, West found himself even more in the public eye when he married reality TV star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West. This coincided with an apparent decline in West’s overall mental well-being; he was always known for having a narcissistic streak, but his behavior began to seem more and more erratic. He has famously gained a reputation on Twitter by going on religious rants that don’t seem to make any sense.

West’s recent recording contract scandal on Twitter

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Recently, West took to Twitter to manically air his grievances about the music industry, tweeting over 100 times within one hour on September 16. He made headlines when he tweeted himself urinating on one of his many Grammy awards, apparently to make a statement. The video was accompanied with the words, “Trust me …. I WONT [sic] STOP”. Even his famous wife is allegedly at her wit’s end with West’s bizarre behavior.

The other thing West Tweeted was photos of his past recording contracts. “90% of the record contracts on the planet are still on a royalty,” West commented about the photos. He continued: “A standard record deal is a trap to NEVER have you recoup, and there’s all these hidden costs like the ‘distribution fees’ many labels put in their contracts to make even more money off our work without even trying.” This seems like a legitimate complaint, but it was interspersed with Bible verses and other strange Tweets, that many fans didn’t really know what to make of it all.

People are standing up for West’s fight for Black ownership in music

Although some of his Tweets were a bit strange, what West is really fighting for is for more Black ownership in music. “We sat back and watched Nick Cannon get canceled and we go to play ball in a bubble with Black lives matter on our backs … brothers let’s stand together for real … there is no NBA or music industry without black people … fair contracts matter … ownership matters,” one of his many Tweets read, according to TMZ. We’re all for that!

People are standing up for West and his fight for Black ownership in music. Some people recently took to Reddit to defend the legendary musician: “It’s about taking away the power of the old white men who use young and broke artists to make themselves richer. Which is exactly what’s happening in the rest of the US across nearly every sector,” the person wrote. They continued: “He’s one of the only artists in the game who has the ability to stand up and not be penalized because he has assets outside of music. This should be a part of the current conversation because it’s keeping (mostly) Black artists and athletes under the thumb of their industries.”

When you look at it that way, West’s tweets become a lot more powerful!